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Understanding the impact of Mandatory CSR Disclosure on Green Innovation: Evidence from Chinese Listed Firms

Ren, S. and Huang, M. and Liu, D. and Yan, J. (2022) 'Understanding the impact of Mandatory CSR Disclosure on Green Innovation: Evidence from Chinese Listed Firms.', British Journal of Management .


Drawing on the institutional view of legitimacy theory, we examine whether and under which conditions a policy tool, mandatory corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting, enforced by constituents positively triggers firms to make substantive environmental responses. Using China’s 2008 CSR reporting policy as a quasi-natural experiment and the difference-in-differences (DID) estimation approach, the results reveal that after implementation of this policy, mandatory CSR reporting firms show substantially higher green innovation performance than non-CSR reporting firms. We further find that this effect is stronger for firms located in areas with high environmental enforcement intensity, for state-owned enterprises (SOEs), and for those with higher levels of media coverage. Moreover, we make a nuanced investigation on whether the media coverage is laden with a negative or positive tone, and find that both negative and positive coverage strengthen the relationship between mandatory CSR disclosure and green innovation.

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Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 27 March 2024.
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Date accepted:08 March 2022
Date deposited:14 March 2022
Date of first online publication:2022
Date first made open access:27 March 2024

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